This favorite combines the best of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Arrive in the enchanting city of Luang Prabang, the historic, religious and artistic capital of Laos, with its misty mountains, golden spires, Buddhist pagodas and a wealth of textile shop houses. Visit dreamlike temples and walk up Phousi Hill for magnificent sunset views. Exchange travel tales in a Lao / French style café and admire the intricate tile work at the UNESCO Heritage temples, before shopping at Vientiane’s bustling market.
Arrive in the graceful city of Hanoi with its intriguing mix of French-colonial and Vietnamese architecture amidst tree-lined boulevards. Take a Vespa scooter ride or walk the side streets like a pro to see the real Hanoi. Drive along the back alleys, visit a local home and Maison Centrale the infamous Hoa Lo Prison or explore Hanoi’s classical sites and millennia-old history by car. Go on a fun-filled street food tour like the one the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain took President Obama on. Explore countryside villages by bike or foot, meet farmers and see their temples. Meet a water puppet craftsman carrying on this uniquely Vietnamese heritage. Wander the winding streets of the old craft quarter and cruise on a deluxe boat through the quietest parts of Ha Long Bay, studded with dramatic limestone islands and caves.
Visit the palace complex in Hue and sail on the Perfume River to impressive Thien Mu Pagoda. Sample Hue’s renowned cuisine in a private home. Enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An’s old city with its quaint lantern lined streets and iconic Japanese Bridge. During the 17th century Hoi An was an important art and trade center and its architectural gems incorporate Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and French influences. Arrive in vibrant Saigon and visit the Presidential Palace and colonial buildings. Crawl through the eerie Cu Chi Tunnels that so tormented U.S. Forces during the America-Vietnam War. Freshen up and if you wish we can drop you at Dong Khoi Street with its trendy boutiques cafés and restaurants to explore on your own. Cruise past floating villages and markets in the Mekong Delta on a beautiful wooden boat with all the amenities.
Finally, travel to the lost city of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer Empire that once ruled nearly all of Southeast Asia. Explore these magnificent temple ruins and be astounded by some of the most inspired monuments ever conceived.
HOI AN LANTERN FESTIVAL: The February departure will be in Hoi An for the monthly Full Moon Festival. The town becomes the stage for traditional songs, dancing, games and food, with lanterns lining the streets. The 14th day of the lunar month is a Buddhist day of worship. Residents switch off their lights and hang silk and paper lanterns on their porches and windows. They place offerings of food and incense on their ancestral altars and visit one of Hoi An's many pagodas. The scent of incense and the sounds of people singing add to the town's enchanted atmosphere.
THAT LUANG FESTIVAL: In November, visit the fair like atmosphere in a week-long Buddhist festival of games, art and community in Vientiane. During the festival, the illuminated That Luang temple a true sight to see. As the sun rises on the day of the full moon, pilgrims and monks alike circle That Luang, the iconic golden temple of Laos. Markets, music, dancing and offerings of flowers fill the plaza as this deeply spiritual festival comes to a close.
Luang Prabang * Vientiane * Hanoi * Ha Long Bay * Hue * Hoi An * Saigon * Mekong Delta * Angkor
November 5 - 25, 2019 (That Luang Festival)
February 17 - March 6, 2020 (Temple Festival Laos)
October 25 - November 14, 2020 (That Luang Festival) Tentative dates
2019 Land & Internal Air: $6030 per person (6+ members)
2019 Single Supplement: $1760
Call for 2020 prices
Easy / moderate. Suitable for families. Special local festival
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